Sensitivity of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to 2 Degrees Celsius - SWAIS 2C

Bathymetric map (colour scale in m) of proposed drill sites at Kamb Ice Stream (KIS) and Crary Ice Rise (CIR) with other key drill sites.

Response of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) to projected warming remains a significant uncertainty in sea level rise projections. This project will focus on understanding past and current drivers, mechanisms and feedbacks that influence retreat of ice sheets, to reduce uncertainty in numerical model projections of future changes.
The SWAIS 2C Project will address the overarching question: How will marine-based ice sheets respond to a 2°C increase in global temperature and what are the local, regional, and global environmental consequences of this response if temperatures ultimately exceed this 2°C increase?

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